New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will probably be disappointed when his state’s most infamous cop killer is not extradited from Cuba. Since the Obama Administration announced its intentions last month to normalize relations with the “workers’ paradise” of the Caribbean, Governor Christie has asked the administration to put pressure on Cuba to extradite Joanne Chesimard, also known by her African nom de guerre Assata Shakur, a black militant convicted of murdering state trooper Werner Foerster. She escaped from prison in 1979 and later fled to Cuba where she has been sheltered ever since.

The Obama Administration seems to be paying lip service to the Chesimard issue, claiming that “the return of fugitives is one of the issues on the U.S-Cuban agenda,” according to a USA Today article from David Jackson. Frankly, their reassurances sound like more of this administration’s empty promises. The State Department should demand that Chesimard be extradited as a precondition of diplomatic negotiations. I say this as someone who believes that our “talk to the hand” foreign policy toward Cuba needs to change. We should absolutely open up to Cuba, but we can’t have relations with them while they harbor miscreants like Chesimard.

Yet I won’t hold my breath waiting for President Obama to press his advantage to bring a cop killer to justice. After all, if Obama had an older sister she’d look like Assata Shakur, which tells me that Obama will side with her by default. He doesn’t have all the facts, nor does he ever, but he knows that the police acted stupidly…or something.

Joanne Chesimard has at least two far-left supporters in Congress. Maxine Waters and Barbara Lee, both Democrats from the People’s Republic of California, were actually embarrassed to have voted for a 1998 resolution calling upon Cuba to extradite Chesimard. The Republicans duped them, they claimed, by referring to the terrorist by her real name rather than as Assata Shakur. They never would have voted for the resolution if they had known that Chesimard is Shakur. The two congresswomen actually wrote a letter to Fidel Castro on behalf of themselves and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus to apologize for their votes.

President Obama is undoubtedly cut from the same reflexive, cop-hating cloth as the congresswomen, if only a little more cagey about it. I predict that he will purposely fail to bring Chesimard to justice and then pretend that he tried his hardest but it just wasn’t meant to be.

President Obama is (or was), after all, a close friend of Bill Ayers, a left-wing terrorist whose Weather Underground group bombed NYPD headquarters, among other acts of terrorism targeting police. Obama has repeatedly denied the relationship, insisting that Ayers was just some guy in the neighborhood, but Ayers himself described Obama as a “family friend” in an updated edition of his terrorist memoir “Fugitive Days” that was published after Obama was safely elected in 2008. In the same book, Ayers also admitted hosting an Obama fundraiser at his home, something which Obama supporters had dismissed as right-wing conspiracy theories.

Ayers belonged to a movement that spoke openly of “offing pigs,” rhetoric that was not unusual in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. This fact has been erased from history so that the era could be remembered as a time when utopian peace activists employed nonviolence to defeat the skull-cracking reactionary establishment. But it wasn’t all peace and love. As the Yippee prankster Abbie Hoffman once said, “I think killing a cop can be an act of love.” This from a man who was a squishy liberal compared to the Weather Underground and Black Panthers. The fact that Hoffman could say that and still maintain his good standing with the progressive community speaks volumes.

The quickest way to achieve celebrity status among chic leftists is to blast a cop. Ray Luc Levasseur, Leonard Peltier, Huey Newton, and Mumia Abu Jamal are but a few of the Left’s favorite cop killers. Most leftists would never touch a police officer, of course, but only because they’re chicken excrement, hence all of the jock-sniffing they do when they find an actual cop killer. They’re like teenage girls at a Beatles concert circa 1964, only not nearly as composed.

Even the celebrated “moderate” Bill Clinton had a soft spot in his heart for cop killers. On the final day of his presidency, Clinton commuted the sentence of Susan Rosenberg, another Weather Underground terrorist who went on to join other terrorist groups. Presidents usually reserve their power to commute sentences for extreme circumstances in which it is clear that the judicial system failed. The Rosenberg case is not one of that instances.

In 1984, Rosenberg was found in possession of 740 pounds of dynamite and a stockpile of weapons. Police had already been seeking her arrest as a co-conspirator in a 1981 armored car robbery in Nyack, New York, in which two policemen and one Brinks guard were murdered. Prosecutors did not charge her as an accomplice to the Nyack murders only because they believed that her fifty-eight year sentence on the weapons charges was enough to ensure that she would never see the light of day again. But then along came Bill Clinton to spring her from jail.

Even supposed examples of unwarranted violence by police, cited by leftists as part of a pattern of police brutality, are actually examples of violence against police. Poor Michael Brown, the “gentle giant” of Ferguson is dead today because he tried and failed to murder a patrolman with his own gun. Yet Brown is portrayed as the victim, his myth padded with now debunked lies about being shot in the back while his hands were raised. When the Left inverts reality to the extent that a cop is guilty of murder because he fought for his life when someone else was trying to murder him, that tells you a lot about how these people think. The only good cop is a dead cop.

The cop killer is an iconic folk hero of the Left, someone who must obviously have a grievance or else he wouldn’t be so mad. Racism is a convenient grievance to have, if you happen to be black, brown, or red, but anyone can get in on the act. White guys from Maine like Ray Luc Lavasseur and middle class Jewish women like Susan Rosenberg are considered no less heroic. The belief system of the Left today is so twisted and bloodthirsty that it excuses and even glorifies those who gun down police officers.